CHAIRMANS LETTER

After one of the wettest Easter Holidays I can remember, Spring has finally arrived – about time too I hear you say! Time to get on with all of those gardening jobs that have had to be put off due to the wet, cold and icy weather up till now. We had a very uplifting talk recently about the gardens at Anglesey Abbey, from Richard Ayres, which I for one found inspiring, but up till now have been unable to get out there and start doing! A lot of gardeners say that this time of year is probably the most important, particularly when it comes to weeding – get them out before they start to spread. Enough of that, let’s look forward to the Summer outings that are advertised in this newsletter. Newmarket is synonymous with racing and if you’re at all interested in horses and how they become racehorses, this is the visit for you. Boughton House, I must confess, is a house I’ve not come across before, but looking at their website it looks to be a fabulous day out. I’ve a feeling this one will sell out very quickly. Kelmscott, erstwhile home of William Morris I have visited and can thoroughly recommend. The Arts and Crafts Movement is still with us in lots of ways – furnishings, furniture, natural materials, a sense of getting back to the old ways of creating things, very much in vogue today. If you have not visited before, do join us. I have to say that because it is a smallish house, visitor numbers have to be kept low, therefore we have had to restrict this to just 36, unlike our normal numbers that we usually provide for. That’s not to say don’t book because you won’t stand much chance, please do book as there is always a waiting list for our outings, and people do cancel for various reasons. Moving on, you may remember that we had set aside the proceeds of our 40th Anniversary events last year to fund a specific NT project. Well, we have put this money, £2750, to Flatford for a new bird hide and to provide three benches along the route. We expect this to be completed some time later this year and will of course keep you informed.

That’s all for now, enjoy the warmer and longer days! 

Graham